Thursday, April 26, 2018

Rain in Houston area floods homes, may end drought

Rainfall brings flooding in Texas

Historic rainfall levels that drenched the Houston area this week flooded dozens of homes and caused widespread street flooding, but the rain also is likely to result in the end of drought conditions in Southeast Texas, officials said Friday. Officials estimated that fewer than 100 homes were flooded after Cypress Creek rose above its banks after getting about 14 inches of rain over a couple of days. Most of the rest of Texas was expected to remain in drought conditions.

Sen. Collins' vote streak hits 5,000

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, cast her 5,000th consecutive vote Thursday, earning her the third-longest consecutive-vote streak of any senator in U.S. history. She noted that not only is her vote streak consecutive, but it also accounts for every vote held in the Senate since she joined it in January 1997. The record for consecutive votes is held by former Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., who answered 10,252 straight roll calls between April 20, 1966, and Oct. 18, 1988.

Religious custom okay in Germany

The German government sought to reassure Jewish and Muslim parents Friday that they will continue to be able to circumcise their sons according to religious tradition, despite a local court's ruling that the practice amounts to bodily harm. Muslim and Jewish leaders had protested the Cologne court decision in the case of a 4-year-old boy who suffered medical complications after the procedure. "We want Jewish, we want Muslim religious life in Germany," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.

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